Crayon Resist Leaf Watercolor

leaf crayon resist

I had a little boy home from school sick yesterday.  Boredom quickly set in after he stopped throwing up.  We headed outside to pick up leaves one last time (if I ever get around to raking them up) and found some gems for a really fun art project.

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For this art project kids do a crayon resist using white crayons and watercolors.  You can also do this with other colors of crayons, but I think the white on white paper is so magical to kids.  You have to try this just to see your child's reaction when they start to paint!


Help your child hold the paper down so that it doesn't move around much.  I also did a little bit more rubbing for him because you really want the leaf rubbings to work or it isn't as cool.  After he did the first rubbings, I did all the others because the painting was just too much fun and that was all he wanted to get to.


I let my kids chose their colors, but next time I might just put out autumn colors.  I really liked all the blue he chose and thought it was a relaxing piece of art, but I was going for more of an autumn feel.


Remember me saying not to use regular paper with watercolor?  Well, this type of art doesn't allow for watercolor paper so let them soak up the typing paper and then lay flat to dry.  It doesn't dry nice and straight, but would still look nice in a frame.

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Let me know if you have tried this before and any pointers you have.  This was a last minute idea and I wasn't sure if it would work.  I am pleased that it did.

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  1. O my! These are breathtakingly beautiful! We LOVE crayon leaf rubbings. I noticed you did with white crayon. We always do with the coloured ones. We'll try with white next time.
    The kiddo pictures are gorgeous!

  2. Just magic! I love this idea - thanks for sharing :-)

  3. What a great idea! I love leaf rubbing, this project would be very fun, every child seems to love watercolor!

  4. THis turned out so cute! Just beautiful - and simple enough we could pull it off at our house =-) Thanks for linking to TGIF! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving & we'll see you next week,
    Beth =-)

  5. Oh wow! These are fantastic! I'm totally pinning these!
    Would you mind sharing this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?


  6. Beautiful artwork and so easy!

  7. I love this idea. I think I will try it with Lucy.

  8. These turned out so pretty! What a great twist on leaf rubbings!

  9. Laura, this is genius! So cool, I know my kids would get a kick out of this. It snowed today so I'm not sure if we can get a dry leaf to try it, but maybe a wet one would be fine.

  10. What a great idea! We will be adding that to our activities this week!

  11. Those are beautiful! I agree that they are magical and genius! I love them. I'm going to share them in any way I can :) Btw, I really do love the new look of your blog!

  12. Wow! These are such beautiful prints. I have to make these with my boys this weekend. They would make a great Christmas gift with a nice frame.

    I featured them this week on Fun for Kids Friday! Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!


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